CALEXICO — Model-T Fords. Buying candy at the Bond's Corner country store. The Great Depression.
Calexico's pioneers remember.
Esperanza Leyvas, 84, remembers working for years in the fields when she was a teen. She had to cut lettuce and once had a job tying carrots together in bunches.
She didn't work in the fields after getting married but that doesn't mean the longtime Calexican stopped working.
Leyvas had 14 children and took care of two more. She's still at it, taking care of her great-great-grandchildren.
"I don't get tired," she said.
Asked about the Great Depression, Leyvas said, "We didn't feel it here."
The county's agricultural jobs helped make the impact here less than other parts of the country, she said.
Annie Burt Ybarra was born in Calexico in 1931 during one of the lowest points of the Great Depression. In 1931, more than 11 million Americans were out of work. The U.S. was no longer the promised land for many.